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Linking Technological System Architecture and Purchasing Categories

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Publication Details
Authors: Karttunen Elina, Nerg Janne
Publication year: 2017
Language: English
Related Journal or Series Information: Proceedings of the Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences
Title of parent publication: Proceedings of the 50th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS) 2017
Journal acronym: HICSS
Start page: 5068
End page: 5077
Number of pages: 10
ISBN: 978-0-9981331-0-2
ISSN: 1530-1605
JUFO-Level of this publication: 1
Open Access: Open Access publication

Though the link between technological systemarchitectures and buyer-supplier relationships has beenactively studied, no comprehensive frameworkconnecting system structures and componentpurchasing categories exists. We examine thetechnological dependency structures of such systems byadopting the buyer's viewpoint as system assembler andintegrator. We articulate how system dependenciesrelate to switching costs and needs for investments andtechnological expertise in buyer-supplier relationships.By examining the extents and directions of indirect anddirect dependencies at the technological systems level,we are able to identify the purchasing category to whicheach component is most likely to belong. Wedemonstrate our theoretical framework using anempirical example of a technological system from theenergy industry.

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